As the colour of the game is changing to white on November 26 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium at Chattogram, Pakistan have also changed their strategy.
In the Twenty20 series, Pakistan’s bowling strategy was quite linear. Hasan Ali or Shaheen Shah Afridi would set the tempo with a lethal first spell, the middle-overs done by spinners and Haris Rauf coming in the death-overs, a formula that almost took them to the final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
But in Tests, where the team takes almost a different look with the inclusion of Test specialists, the strategy is also changing as Pakistan’s pacers worked hard at the nets of ZACS on Wednesday.
Naseem Shah and Mohammad Abbas joined Shaheen and Hasan, who were part of the T20 squad, along with pace-bowling all-rounder Fahim Ashraf, and all of them bowled for almost an hour in the practice wickets in the morning session.
Pakistan pacers were trying lots of short deliveries, indicating that they will try to attack the Bangladesh batsmen as they have a proven disadvantage against rising deliveries.
Mohammad Rizwan did his drill as wicket-keeper, and with the expectation of a good number of deliveries from the pacers taking the edge, slip-fielding was also practised.
Bangladesh tend to pick only one pacer or even no pacer in a Test team when they play at home, but Pakistan is not going to go the same way as they have some quality fast bowlers on hand. And with a red new ball on the hand, they could be deadly on a surface with little moisture early in the morning.